Historical Fires of MN

  • 18 May 2022
  • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
  • Rose Vine Hall


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 Historical Fires of MN 



Presenter: Jon Nisja

Minnesota has had its share of historic and significant fires. This session will:

  • Review these fires
  • Examine the cause and circumstances of each incident
  • Asses the impact of the fire on the community
  • Identify any "lessons learned"
  • Describe fire prevention efforts tat were a result of the event

The theme of this presentation is "those who fail to study history and learn from its mistakes are doomed to repeat those failures".

Some of the fires to be reviewed include the Marlborough Hotel, Doctor's Memorial Hospital, Stratford Hotel, Donaldson / Norwest Bank, Fine Line Music Cafe, and the 630 Cedar Ave High-Rise. Many of these may be unfamiliar to attendees but they have had an impact both in our state and nationally.


Jon Nisja’s career in fire service began in 1978 and began working in the areas of fire prevention and fire investigation in 1983. He has served as Fire Marshal for two communities and as a Fire Safety Supervisor with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division since 1990. He currently supervises fire code development, the fire protection sector, fire loss data section, and fire and life safety education for the State Fire Marshal Division. He is a former President of the Fire Marshals Association of Minnesota and a past president of the International Fire Marshals Association. Jon has also authored several chapters published in five books.


Please plan to attend this important informational event.  We encourage you to pass this invitation on to co-workers, professional acquaintances, friends, and others that would be interested in this program and our MN SFPE chapter.


Membership is not mandatory for this program, but always encouraged.  See you there!



Social hour - 5:00 p.m.

Dinner - 5:30 p.m.

Meeting - 5:45 p.m.

Presentation - 6:00 p.m.


Rose Vine Hall

2801 Snelling Ave.

Roseville, MN 55113


Meeting, Program, and Dinner Costs

$20.00 (Members of MN SFPE)

$25.00 (Non-members of MN SFPE)


Reservations must be made before 4:00 pm Thursday, May 12th, 2022. 

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